The Ghosts of Mayfield Park

Written by Norman Russell
Review by Edward James

The Ghosts of Mayfield Park is a Victorian murder/mystery narrated in part by one of the victims, who though poisoned escapes in the nick of time in the final denouement. It is written, therefore, in mock Victorian prose, which I usually find irritating, but this time I forgive it. It is lightly done and not obtrusive. The plot is typically Victorian – a disputed inheritance and a scheming villainess who kills off her rival claimants one by one, except for the last. The detective who solves the mystery and saves the heroine is an archetypical Victorian country policeman. The plot moves fast, and I read the book in a single sitting. Very good if you like the genre.